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January 1970








Jimi Hendrix rocks in the new year -- and the new decade -- by debuting his Band of Gypsys at a New Year's Eve show at Filmore East. The concert is recorded and released on his Band of Gypsys album.
The Beatles record what will be their last song together, "I Me Mine." A decade later it becomes the title of George Harrison's autobiography.

One year after
Peter Tork's departure from the teen-idol band, lead singer Davy Jones announces he, too, is leaving the Monkees.

The Top Five
1. "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" - B.J. Thomas
2. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - Peter, Paul and Mary
3. "Someday We'll Be Together" - Diana Ross & the Supremes
4. "Down on the Corner"/"Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam

Two Armed Forces broadcasters in Vietnam are told they are not free to tell the truth and are taken off the air.
The long-running soap opera All My Children debutes on ABC, giving the network not only another breakout daytime soap, but one catering to the prized younger demo. The torrid and topical series soon expands to a full hour, and two years later actress Mary Fickett, who portrays an anti-Vietnam War protestor, wins the first Emmy for a daytime performer.
Max Yasgur, on whose upstate New York farm the August, 1969 Woodstock festival is held, is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring fans. Yasgur, who had become a national hero to many after volunteering his land for the legendary festival, will die of a heart attack in 1973 at the age of 53.

An agreement is signed by Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Iraq to deal collectively with foreign oil companies, prefiguring the formation of OPEC and the onset of the energy crisis.

The Kansas City Chiefs rout the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV.
Beat poet and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti is busted for selling Zap Comix in his San Francisco store.
The Office of Environmental Affairs is established within the U.S. State Department. The next day, General Motors announces plans to produce a totally non-polluting engine by 1980.

Diana Ross performs her last concert as a Supreme.

John Lennon's London Art Gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, "Bag One," is closed by Scotland Yard, and eight prints are confiscated as evidence of pornography.

Who begins its first tour of Europe in four years, with a performance of its "rock opera," Tommy, at the Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris -- the first pop concert ever given at that establishment. From there the band goes on to the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen, the Cologne Opera House, the Hamburg Opera House and the German Opera House, Berlin.
Chicago R&B singer Billy Stewart and three of his band members are killed when their car goes off a bridge over the River Neuse in North Carolina. Stewart, who also played piano, was best known for his 1966 hit version of George Gershwin's "Summertime," replete with his typical yodeling, hiccuping, scatting vocal style. He was thirty-two years old.

Doors' two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York is recorded for their forthcoming album, Absolutely Live. Several other shows around the country will also be recorded for the album.

According to a Gallup Poll, 61% of Americans approve of President Nixon's handling of his office.

The first commercial run of the new Boeing 747 takes place between New York and London.
Folk singer Judy Collins is denied permission by the court to sing as part of her testimony at the trial of the Chicago Seven; others denied the same privilege are Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie and Country Joe McDonald.
James "Shep" Shephard, onetime doo-wopper with the Heartbeats and the Limeliters, is found beaten to death and robbed in his car on New York's Long Island Expressway.

Robert Moog introduces his "Mini-Moog" synthesizer, suitable for concert stages, available for about $2,000. Soon the American Federation of Musicians will consider a ban on the Mini-Moog, fearing that its ability to simulate acoustic instruments could put musicians out of business.

It's announced that
John Lennon and Yoko Ono have shaven their heads to commemorate the start of Year One for Peace.
John Lennon and Phil Spector write and record "Instant Karma" in one day. It charts 33 days later (Feb. 28), eventually reaching #3.

Australia's first rock festival, the Ourimbah Rock Festival, is attended by 11,000 people over the weekend; there are only twenty-six arrests.

On the heels of his 1969 live comeback, Elvis Presley plays Las Vegas, opening at the International Hotel. Following suit the next day, Phil Ochs performs in a gold lamé outfit at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

An unprecedented $142 million broadcast agreement is inked between the National Football League and the three major TV networks.

The Vietnam Moratorium Committee holds a seven-hour benefit concert at Madison Square Garden and sets a new attendance record for nonsporting event gate receipts, bringing in $143,000. Donating their services to the cause are promoter Sid Bernstein, the Fillmore East stage crew and performers Jimi Hendrix, the Rascals, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, the Voices of East Harlem, Dave Brubeck, McHenry Boatwright, Harry Belafonte, Mother Earth and the cast of "Hair."
England's biggest reggae stars -- Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Max Romeo, the Upsetters, the Pioneers and Harry J's All-Stars -- kick off a package tour of England at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Slim Harpo, whose "I'm a King Bee" was covered by the Rolling Stones on record and Captain Beefheart in concert, dies of a heart attack at age forty-six in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Top Five
1. "I Want You Back" - Jackson Five
2. "Venus" - Shocking Blue
3. "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" - B.J. Thomas
4. "Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin
5. "Without Love" (There Is Nothing)" - Tom Jones

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